Another week, another UFC event. From Denver, Colorado to Buenos Aires, Argentina. The UFC continues its international expansion into South America with yet another event this year in Argentina. Headlining the event, is Argentina’s own in Santiago Ponzinibbio and top contender Neil Magny. In what should be a fun fight, the home crowd will certainly be aiding Ponzinibbio as he continues his trek to the top.
Since I’m busy today, this weeks predictions will be very brief.
UFC Fight Night 140 Main Card (10 p.m. ET)
170 lbs.: Neil Magny vs. Santiago Ponzinibbio – Magny is talented, but Ponzinibbio is a great athlete who packs a punch. In what should be a back forth battle, I think Ponzinibbio’s striking accumulation will eventually get to Magny. So with that, I have Ponzinibbio winning via TKO.
145 lbs.: Darren Elkins vs. Ricardo Lamas – I think Elkins takes this. He’s going to out wrestle, pressure and scrap with Lamas. I’ll say in the end, Elkins earns the close decision victory.
205 lbs.: Khalil Rountree vs. Johnny Walker – Someone’s getting finished. I’ll say it’s Rountree who walks away from this via knockout.
185 lbs.: Cezar Ferreira vs. Ian Heinisch – Tough task for a debut, as Ferreira should outmuscle and submit Heinisch early.
135 lbs.: Guido Cannetti vs. Marlon Vera – Vera is too big and dangerous for the overly aggressive Cannetti. I expect this one to end early…Vera via knockout.
115 lbs.: Poliana Botelho vs. Cynthia Calvillo – Calvillo missed weight which is worrisome, but I like her scrappiness to edge this one out via decision.
UFC Fight Night 140 Prelims On FOX Sports 1 (8 p.m. ET):
170 lbs.: Bartosz Fabinski vs. Michel Prazeres – I presume tons of grappling in this bout. However, Prazeres does have power and he wings it. I think he connects and finishes Fabinski at some point via knockout.
125 lbs.: Alexandre Pantoja vs. Ulka Sasaki – Fun fight, but Pantoja is as well rounded as they come. Sasaki will be looking to take Patoja down, but it’s not happening. So with that, I have Pantoja via TKO.
145 lbs.: Austin Arnett vs. Humberto Bandenay – Close Fight, but I ultimately see Bandenay getting the job done via TKO.
170 lbs.: Hector Aldana vs. Laureano Staropoli – Aldana has been a punching bag for several foes, and I don’t see that changing in a fight against the hometown knockout artist. So with that, I have Staropoli via knockout.
UFC Fight Night 140 Prelims On Fight Pass (7 p.m. ET):
155 lbs.: Devin Powell vs. Jesus Pineda – I see Powell getting beat up early, but weathering the storm with toughness and durability. So with that, I got Powell via decision.
145 lbs.: Anderson dos Santos vs. Nad Narimani – dos Santos looks to be the part, but Narimani’s wrestling should stifle him. Also dos Santos is coming up a weight class, so yet again advantage Narimani. So with that, I have Narimani via late TKO.